9 S4/S5 girls from Queensferry High School attended the Monster confidence conference. This was a fantastic opportunity for young women to explore possible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers and to learn essential skills from young STEM professionals.
The recruitment firm Monster partnered up with Stemettes, a social enterprise that helps connect young women with female professionals working in STEM careers. The aim of Stemettes is to inspire 15 to 22 years olds to explore career options in STEM industries.
Over the course of the day the girls took part in workshops including online reputation, interview skills and presenting. There was also an opportunity for the girls to take part in speed mentoring sessions and to pick the brains of industry experts such as Anne-Marie Imafidon of Stemettes, and Professor Muffy Calder OBE, during a panel Q&A session.
The girls had a highly enjoyable day and said that they felt much more confident about how to approach a career in the STEM industries as well as what STEM career options were available.
In 2016, women made up 21.1% of the Core STEM workforce in the UK.
[WISE Women in STEM workforce report, 2016]